Make Yourself at Home in Chicago

Jonathan Self is your personal guide to making great real estate decisions. He’ll also help you discover some of the most obscure places in Chicago. Either way, you’ll love making Chicago home.

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Client Story

It’s my wife’s fault I’m in real estate. Did I mention that yet? She’s an interior designer and General Contractor. This was her world first. But when she told me I’d make a great Realtor, I took her word for it.

I suppose she was right. A few really great things have happened since that time. I was named a Chicago top 1% of Real Estate Brokers. I’ve bought and sold a lot of homes. I even have an HGTV pilot on some suits desk. Most importantly, I’ve helped lots of people turn their assets into homes and their homes into assets.

Over the years, I’ve learned a few important things. First, I love helping people make really good decisions—the kind that benefit them for years to come. Second, I find large brokerage teams to be impersonal and short-sighted (no shade, just how I feel). It’s hard to build a solid connection when team members are continually coming and going.

For that reason, I’ve kept Sell Buy Design a one-man show. This model works best for my clients. We keep open and constant communication to make sure no steps are ever missed. There is only one point of contact so you know exactly who you’re dealing with at all times. In the end, it should be clear you’re more than a transaction.

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Your realtor should be saving you money. Period. Whether they point out that those Brazilian cherry floors will cost thousands of dollars to replace, or they make sure the previous owner got permits for their addition—they’re knowledge should save you cash.

I have an entire network of top-notch, intuitive agents who know what it means to help their clients. If you are moving anywhere in the United States, use my network! I’ll help you find an excellent realtor in your area. Why? Because I can, and you deserve quality support.



Chicago has the third largest school district in the United States. The city is made up of 77 well-defined community areas and over 200 distinct neighborhoods. Finding your next home (or buyer) starts with understanding the unique features of this city.

Nice Things

People Said

“Jon is a whip-smart guy who works hard to know his business and go the extra mile for others. He has an impeccable sense of integrity, which is what you really want to see in your real estate agent. If you’re looking to buy or sell in the Chicago area, I highly recommend you work with him.”

Jon Wanchik

“I highly recommend Jonathan as a real estate agent. My wife and I were introduced to him through a close friend and were immediately impressed by his enthusiasm and ability to listen. As first-time home buyers, the process can be intimidating and overwhelming, but Jonathan was able to calm our nerves by taking the time to understand our concerns and goals.

One of the things that set Jonathan apart is his unique perspective on the real estate market. He not only walked us through the home-buying process, but he also emphasized the importance of making smart financial decisions and treating a home as an investment. This was a new way of thinking for us as first-time buyers, and we greatly appreciated his advice.

I have no hesitation in recommending Jonathan to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. He is knowledgeable, professional, and truly cares about his clients. He would be an asset to anyone looking for a real estate agent.”

Derek Thomas

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